UPDATE"It went well Loretta. We had about a dozen or so silent protesters who stayed for half the talk and then when I mentioned abortion, they left! Not very open-minded I think....I'm almost ready to send those (SMU)protesters a thank-you card for providing all this free publicity!" (Jojo Ruba via FB)
...Tonight at St. Francis Xavier (St. FX) University, in Antigonish Nova Scotia, a controversial speaker whose talk on Thursday was shouted down by a mob of abortion supporters will attempt to give the same pro-life presentation.
Last Thursday, Jojo Ruba, co-founder of the Calgary-based Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR), gave a controversial speech about abortion titled, "Echoes of the Holocaust," at St. Mary's University in Halifax. A minute into his talk, a group of angry protestors chanted repeatedly, constantly interrupting the presentation, until a university official shut the talk down. Ruba was being hosted by the university's pro-life group.
(Footage of the disruption that lasted more than 45 minutes can be seen in a series of clips on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Joerugby07&view=vide...)
"It's sad really. In February, we remember the civil rights activists, who peacefully spoke out for the oppressed in their society. When white racists violently protested against them, the police arrested the peaceful civil rights activists and not the racists," said Ruba. "It's too bad that kind of thinking still exists today."
St. Mary University student, Joe Westin, who invited Ruba to his campus, expressed disappointment at his peers' and university's reaction: "I am appalled that the students would be so hateful and intolerant and am shocked that the university gave into mob rule," he said.
It is unknown whether those same protestors, or more, will show up at the talk at St. FX tonight. Security plans to be on site.
"I spoke to the students at St. FX last night and encouraged them to persevere, reminding them that we're not doing anything wrong."
The presentation has been met with such resistance because Ruba's organization, CCBR, emphasizes that abortion is comparable to the Holocaust. CCBR's executive director, Stephanie Gray, explained their philosophy: "If the unborn aren't human, our comparison is wrong. But if the unborn are human, then our comparison is frighteningly accurate.
"We're not saying the Holocaust and abortion are identical but we are saying they are comparable: innocent human beings denied their personhood status, used for experimentation, treated as objects, legally killed in centres designed to terminate their lives, and disposed of like waste."...